Schools, like a lot of public services, businesses and individuals, are currently facing two key issues:
1. They don’t have as much money as they used to have
2. Stuff costs more
(I have a first class Economics degree you know – can you tell?)
Mathematically speaking, the problem looks something like this:
A + B = C
Where A = less money, B = more expensive stuff and C = teachers sobbing quietly to themselves in bed every night and children having to take their own wood into DT lessons. (No kidding – Belle has to do this.)
Now of course you can buy raffle tickets until you are blue in the face, but how about instead making your school aware of the free funded solar scheme from Westinghouse Solar? It can benefit individual homeowners and tenants too of course, but can be particularly valuable for schools who are struggling in the face of Government cuts and ever increasing demands on their budgets.
If this sounds like something your school could benefit from, why not print out the info below and take it in, or send them a link to this post? If nothing else, it will ease your conscience the next time you decide you really can’t afford to buy all ten books of raffle tickets yourself.
Before I became a stay at home dad I was the site manager for a fairly large secondary school. We were looking at these schemes three or four years ago. My understanding is that they are not so worth while now as the government buy back rate has dropped dramatically.
I’ve read about this myself, it’s estimated they will save around 20% annually. @ Simon these projects are protected by a 25 year power purchase agreement (‘PPA’). It’s great to see these types of companies emerging challenging the big four greedy energy suppliers!
Sounds interesting! Have passed it along to the school. Thanks, Jo!